Man I can't tell how great things are going right now. I have been in such a great mood and run all kinds of miles and I have a dozen races on the schedule coming up, life couldn't be better with my running right now..........is what I really want to say right now, however this couldn't be further from the truth.
I visited my physical therapist on Wednesday to get my leg checked out. She went through a series of exercises along with a lot of stretching, twisting and pulling to try and loosen things up. I was instructed to attempt a 3 mile run with a quick stretching break at the end of each mile. Thursday's run went pretty well and Saturday's run went even better which gave me the confidence to head out for another run this morning. Well that is what I get for thinking I know what is best, because I didn't even make it to a mile and a half before pain set in and a short mile later I decided to shut it down and walk the last half mile home.
I started to think of all my goals I set for this year and started to feel so defeated and depressed. When I developed my knee injury, I thought I hit the ultra low point, but I think having come back from an injury to have another one pop up so quickly really can send you to a new low. I really felt like just beating my head against the wall, because at the end of the day, I really don't care about my time goals or PRs, I just want to get back to a regular running schedule. I got into this to lose weight and now I need it to maintain my weight so that is why I think I take it so hard when I can't run.
Yeah, this is how I feel right now dealing with nagging injuries.
So I went back and looked at my goals I set for myself for this year and even though I actually have accomplished two of those goals, neither of which was a running goal. Here is the list of goals for the year:
Get back to regular running
2015 or more total miles for the year
Run a trail race
37 miles on my 37th birthday
Complete an Ultra Marathon
Complete the Detroit Marathon
Hit my goal weight of 173 lbs
Maintain my weight within the range of 168 - 178
Try more fruits & vegetables
I hit my weight goal, tried more fruits & vegetables and I could even say I have maintained my weight within range, but I won't count that one till the end of the year. With the exception of one of them the rest are being thrown out the window because I think I am trying to hard to do to much to soon. Getting back to regular running is my first and only goal, because if I can't do that, the Detroit marathon isn't going to happen, and I really want to do that one and run with my friends. I am going to rest tomorrow and talk to my PT again and see where I go from here.